"Dear Carol, online school is kicking my butt!"
Online school is really hard because we are all figuring it out as we go along. It’s stressful, but every time I go to take a break, my mom tells me to get back to work. And on top of that, my math teacher isn’t much help with the homework, and that’s the subject I need the most assistance with. I’m drowning in schoolwork!
-Trying My Best
Dear Trying My Best,
My heart goes out to all students right now. School is hard enough even when you are *not* staring at a screen for hours every day. Tell your mom as calmly as possible that you are doing your best and sometimes you need a break. Add, “I know this pandemic has been stressful for parents too, and I appreciate everything you’ve been doing for me.” (Compliments and compassion can go a long way.) As for math, is there a friend/sibling/cousin/ neighbor who can come to the rescue? You can also find free math tutorials online, so search for a helpful one. Or try reaching out to your teacher directly for a one-on-one tutoring session. I think you deserve a big (virtual) high-five for trying your best. And thank heavens the holidays are around the corner—we all deserve a break!
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